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James "Rusty" Clarence Bright

James "Rusty" Clarence Bright, age 77, of Carrollton passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, FL.

Born May 29, 1934, he was a son of the late John Erskin and Alva Mae (Kennedy) Bright.

He served Carrollton High School as a teacher and coach retiring in 1990 after 32 years.  He founded the wrestling program in Carrollton High School and was a golf instructor for approximately 10 years, which he started in 1990. 

He lived most of his life in Carrollton and was a protestant by faith.  He graduated from Muskingum College in 1958 and received a master's degree in Education from Akron University. 

He belonged to the NEA, ECOEA, CEA Local and had coached numerous sports.  He was in the Carrollton Athletic Hall of Fame and State of Ohio Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Martha "Jean" Sims Bright, whom he married May 2, 1958; five sons, Barry Alan (Sheila) of Grove City, Stanley James of Carrollton, Marvin Jay of Granville, David Charles (Dana) of Carrollton, and Timothy Lee (Beth) Bright of Indianapolis, IN; a daughter, Barbara Anne (David) Hagerty of Kennewick, WA; two brothers, Calvin (Dorothy) Bright of Corpus Christi, TX, and John E. Bright, Jr. of Carrollton; four sisters, Marietta Moser of Kilgore, Edna Lee Sperry of Carrollton, Loretta (Raymond) Noble of Winter Haven, FL, and Norma L. (Lynn) Brumbaugh of Dellroy, 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Kenneth, and Herman Bright; and a grandson, Jarod.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in Allmon-Dugger-Cotton Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Camp officiating.  Calling hours will be Feb. 3 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Westview Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in "Rusty's" memory to the Carrollton Athletic Booster Club.


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